Nov 2018 • Couples
In the very small village of Anjana, and across the road from the town's stepwell, you will find this small, Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in a low-slung cave that is also home to fruit bats. We were told by the owner/maharaja of the Deogarh Mahal (hotel) that the very first yoga was practiced here over a thousand years ago, before then being introduced in northern Rishikesh, and that the cave may be 2,000 years old. Pretty cool. Just below the steps leading up to its entrance is sage advice someone painted on the whitewashed wall, suggesting that we all avoid alcohol and eat vegetarian. It is requested that, as in all Hindu temples, you remove your shoes, but fortunately, there is a light bulb inside here so that you can avoid stepping in the bat droppings. The shrine itself is well-tended, has colorful garlands of flowers festooned around the picture of Lord Shiva, as well as other offerings. if you venture a bit further into the cave, just beyond the tiny shrine and have a flashlight on your phone, you can use it to check out the bats hanging out here. Just be careful of that bat guano! As you leave the cave/temple and before going back down the steps, go over the small wall to the right and, if you keep going a bit uphill on the well-worn footpath, you will be atop the cave and will be rewarded with great views of the surrounding area, maybe even a sweet sunset. Unless you are really in to bats, I would suggest a daytime visit here that ends just before sunset. Lastly, if you can locate the nearby, abandoned Anjana Fort, it, too is worth the visit and views
Written 16 December 2018
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